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(Neb)-UNL Chancellor:"Harmful Intolerant" Student Speech Protected By 1st Amend

By: John Axtell Posted at: 02/08/2018 06:46 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Dr Ronnie Green says a student who described himself in a widely circulated online video as a white nationalist has a First Amendment right to express his views.
 
     Green said in a written message Thursday that while he rejects racism and bigotry, the "student's viewpoint - however hateful and intolerant it is - is also protected by the First Amendment."
 
    Since word of the video spread, people have been calling for the student to be expeled while Wednesday afternoon saw hundreds gather on the Lincoln campus to protest the student's remarks.
 
     The contention comes just weeks after the University of Nebraska Regents adopted a new policy reiterating its commitment to freedom of expression following a widely publicized incident last summer in which a UNL graduate student-lecturer yelled at and made an obscene gesture to a sophomore student who was recruiting membership in a conservative group.


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